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25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve

I love putting party menus together, but I often have trouble coming up with New Year’s Eve food ideas. See, when I think of New Year’s, I mostly think of drinking champagne and forcing myself to stay awake until midnight. It’s not like Thanksgiving, when the menu is pretty nonnegotiable, or Christmas, when all I really want to do is fill up on cookies. What constitutes New Year’s food is a little bit more ambiguous and open to interpretation.

What I’m slowly figuring out is that when it comes to New Year’s Eve food ideas, there isn’t really a wrong answer. Anything goes, as long as there’s plenty of bubbly and maybe a little bit of glitter. I find that it’s helpful to have at least a loose theme for any party, though, so for New Year’s I try and go a little fancy.

Now, don’t freak out. Often, fancy food isn’t any more difficult to put together than then less fancy stuff. It’s just a matter of picking up the right ingredients. (And, if you decide to go the caviar route, maybe shelling out a little extra cash for it.)

The following New Year’s Eve food ideas range from simple cheese dips and pastry twists, to cute champagne cake pops and oysters Rockefeller. No matter what kind of party you have planned, fancy it up a little bit with a few of these festive recipe ideas.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Baked Seafood Dip

Peas and Crayons.

Baked Seafood Dip with Crab, Shrimp and Veggies

Seafood and cheese don’t often mingle, but the combo really works in this baked seafood dip, which is oozy and melty—and fancy enough to pair with some real Champagne.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Sun-dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Bruschetta

Garnish with Lemon.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Bruschetta

These creamy, salty bruschetta bites taste great at room temperature and will last all night. Whip up the sun-dried tomato and olive mixture in advance, then assemble the bruschetta right before your party.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Port Sliders with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions

The Brewer and the Baker.

Port Sliders with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions

Why are these sliders fancy? You drench them in a port glaze, then add creamy goat cheese and caramelized onions.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Broiled Oysters

Return to Sunday Supper.

Broiled Oysters

Oysters are classy, but they’re also super easy to prepare. Get a shucking knife and be careful while you shuck (maybe wear gloves), then broil oysters with butter and herbs.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

Half Baked Harvest.

Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

What exactly is holiday crack, you ask? Basically, it’s potato chips with tons of melted cheese and bacon on top.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Champagne Cake Pops

Fork and Flower.

Champagne Cake Pops

Anything involving Champagne is fair game at a New Year’s party. And, frankly, every party could benefit from a tray of these glittery Champagne cake pops.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Peas and Crayons,

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

If you love crab cakes as much as you love stuffed mushrooms, kill two birds with one stone and whip up a batch of these crab stuffed mushrooms.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Goat Cheese Dip with Champagne Shallot Vinaigrette

The Charming Detroiter.

Goat Cheese Dip with Champagne Shallot Vinaigrette

Didn’t think you could sneak Champagne into a cheese dip? This goat cheese dip with Champagne shallot vinaigrette proves otherwise.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Recipe Girl.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

With or without pink food coloring, these Champagne cupcakes are the perfect sweet addition to your midnight toast.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Evil Shenanigans.

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

These airy, hearty cream cheese blinis are the perfect vessel for buttery smoked salmon.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Honey and Pistachio Goat Cheese Appetizer

A Southern Soul,

Honey and Pistachio Goat Cheese Appetizer

This sweet, salty, sticky, creamy goat cheese appetizer feels fancier than a plain old cheese plate, and takes less than a minute to put together.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Baked Fontinella Cheese Dip

Eazy Peazy Mealz,

Baked Fontinella Cheese Dip

Serve this herby baked fontinella cheese dip with a crusty baguette, and you’re good to go.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Spicy Southern Kitchen.

Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip

A big pot of black-eyed peas might bring good luck, but it isn’t exactly party-appropriate. Instead, whip up this black-eyed pea dip and scoop up that good luck with chips or pita triangles.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Pesto Cheese Twists

Scrummy Lane,

Pesto and Cheese Twists

Store-bought puff pastry, pesto, and cheese is all you need to whip up a tray of these fancy AF cheese twists.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Cucumber Slices with Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche, and Caviar

Baker’s Royale.

Cucumber Slices with Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraîche and Caviar

Slice cucumbers, add smoked salmon, then top with creme fraîche, caviar and some optional dill. That’s all you need for these easy cucumber bites!

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Oysters Rockefeller

Pepper.

Oysters Rockefeller

New Year’s Eve or not, it doesn’t get much classier than oysters Rockefeller.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Roasted Garlic and Four Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

Food Network.

Roasted Garlic and Four Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

Is it really a celebration if there isn’t a loaf of pull-apart bread gushing with cheese? I think not.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Shrimp Cocktail

Bon Appètit.

Shrimp Cocktail

Sure, you could buy cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce at the grocery store. But, making your own shrimp cocktail is almost as easy, and will yield better results.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | 4-Ingredient Meatballs

The Spruce Eats.

4-Ingredient Meatballs

What better way to celebrate the ball drop than with, you know, balls? Jokes aside, these easy meatballs are super tasty.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Halloumi Fries

Scrummy Lane.

Halloumi Fries

It’s tough to argue with fried cheese.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Roasted Butternut Squash, Steak, and Pomegranate Crostini

Cooking LSL.

Roasted Butternut Squash, Steak and Pomegranate Crostini

Nothing wrong with adding a little red meat to your appetizer table with these steak crostini.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Champagne Jell-O Shots

1 Fine Cookie.

Champagne Jell-O Shots

Jell-O shots are always a good way to get the party started. Champagne Jell-O shots are the way to go on NYE.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Baked in Arizona.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Every party gets a little better when someone breaks out the spinach artichoke dip.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion

Garnish with Lemon.

Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion

Make a few of these goat cheese and onion flatbreads to graze on until midnight.

STYLECASTER | 25 Festive Recipes That Will Impress Your Friends on New Year’s Eve | Spinach Puffs

Deliciously Declassified.

Spinach Puffs

Get in some greens (plus a hefty dose of bread, butter, and cheese) with these spinach puffs.

 

A version of this story was originally published in December 2016.


Source: Stylecaster.com

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